Eight more bodies were recovered on July 1 from the Noney landslide site in Manipur. With this development, altogether 16 bodies have been recovered. On June 30, eight bodies were recovered from the site.
Meanwhile, equipment has been brought from Ladakh by the army at the Noney landslide site to locate the whereabouts of the bodies using a ‘wall radar system’, according to Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh.
The chief minister said this while visiting the landslide again for the second time on July 1. He was hopeful that all the missing persons would be found within 2 to 3 days’ time.
Biren Singh visited the Tupul Railway Construction Camp, Noney, where the unfortunate landslide had occurred leaving several casualties, and reviewed the rescue operation being taken up at the site.
Briefing the media at the spot, N Biren Singh termed the massive landslide as one of the worst incidents happened in the state. He stated that 81 persons had been affected, out of which 18 persons had been rescued. He continued that the rescue operation team consisting of Manipur Police personnel, NDRF, SRDF and army personnel had recovered eight more bodies on July 1 in addition to eight recovered on June 30.
Due to the soft condition of the soil, the road to the actual area of landslide could not be restored till date, the chief minister said, stating that the state government had put all efforts using possible manpower and machines to recover the missing persons.
The chief minister then expressed his gratitude to prime minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah “for showing much concern” on the incident and providing assistance by sending NDRF personnel.
He also lauded the rescue operation team for “their tireless efforts” to recover the missing persons.